BED BUGS

 

                                                       Flat, oval, reddish, wingless insects. Bloodsucking. Night feeders

 

Treat every crack and crevices in bedroom and elsewhere, if needed. Do not spray sheets or blankets. Some PMPs will not treat mattresses with insecticides because of potential human exposure while others will cover treated mattresses and boxsprings with a plastic allergenprevention cover after treatment. Others may physically remove bed bugs with vacuums or steam cleaners and then cover with bed encasement specifically designed to prevent bed bugs from biting through or escaping (i.e., Protect-A-Bed with BugLock™ 3-sided zipper system and ALLERZIP™seal, or Mattress Safes® “Ultimate” zippered encasement - zipper must be kept closed). Some insecticides may need to contact bed bugs directly to be effective. Incorporating nonchemical controls including vacuuming, low moisture steaming ( AmeriVap, Hi-Tec Cleaning Systems, etc.) laundering (dryer for 20 minutes), and removing of infested items may be necessary to manage bed bugs and may be more important as resistant bed bug population are encountered. Reducing clutter will reduce callbacks. Heat or chemical fumigation can be conducted on entire buildings or certain materials, including box springs and mattresses, placed in a permanent or temporary chamber. Fumigation may be a viable option when multiunit dwellings (hotels, apartments and dormitories) have widespread infestations, when occupants are highly allergic to bites, or repeated crack and crevice applications (liquids, dust and aerosols) have failed. Fumigation does not provide residual control. Wrapping and taping mattresses in black plastic and placing in sun does NOT heat the mattress evenly and does NOT reach the bed bug’s lethal thermal threshold on the underside. Place difficult to treat items (appliances, lamps, etc.) in bag with Nuvan Prostrip. See label at http://www.amvacchemical.com/nuvan_prostrips_labels.html for use details. 

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